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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Getting Neat with Nature in Zion

Tara, our climbing correspondent, checks in from Zion, UT.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Attempting to catalog the events of 2012 thus far proves to be somewhat of a challenge...I'm reminded that my occasional memory loss (of the sort commonly reserved for those who receive senior discounts at Wal-Mart) Is my passport to a state of ignorant bliss...Thanks genetics! - Best year yet I think?
Several minutes later, after reviewing the teetering stack of tick tacs equating my value as a human according to the 8a.nu, I'm fairly certain my mind was left somewhere in the Mojave desert. It's possible - I left my heart there two years ago and have failed to retrieve it since.

Enter - Trad Climbing

Last summer, I procured a tendon injury that ultimately resulted in an unforgettable off-season powdered with substance abuse and questionable life decisions. Since then, even the slightest ache or pain will send me hunting for free range grapefruits and top shelf vodka with a side of ice baths - remove - repeat - remove - repeat.

It all makes sense now...

This all led to a relatively rash decision as of late that resulted in my learning to trad climb when hard crimping wasn't an option (thanks Greg!). Within two weeks, I managed to send my first three trad lines - Moondance 5.9, Wartley's Revenge 5.11a, and Sunshine Dihedral 5.12a. When granted 5 days off work, clearly a trip to Zion was the obvious choice for this sport climber who doesn't own - let alone know how to use - a daisy chain.

 

 

So, all said and done after a fucking amazing trip, here's what I learned about medium walling in Zion:  The infamous hand jam - Yellow Black Diamond - WIN! Purple Black Diamond - FAIL! 5.11 off-width is harder than 5.13 face climbing. Slab Dyno - It is exactly what it says. It can take aid climbers several days to climb 10 pitches.
If a top out lacks anchors, simply tie in to a bakers dozen root systems and don't fall.



Racking - Drinking and Driving - Unauthorized showers at public reservoirs. 


I feel incredibly lucky to have been dragged up some of the most famous cracks in the United States - Moonlight Buttress 5.12d, Monkey Finger 5.12b and Shuns 5.11+. After Greg sent Moonlight (rad), we spent the next day sport climbing and sending at Cathedral (awesome) followed by a long drive back to Oregon in search for better beer. Zion…I might be back. Cathedral - I'll be back for sure. Maybe someday I'll even climb a big wall...



One of the many amazing photos by Greg


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Win Tickets to Larry and His Flask's NYE Show

Win tickets to see Larry and His Flask on New Year's Eve.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 11:46 PM

As we mentioned in this week's paper, there are some great live shows happening around town for New Year's Eve. One of those shows is Larry and His Flask's show at the Old Stone Church, featuring a seriously cool slate of opening acts.

The show is selling fast, but Rise Up Presents is giving away ticket on their Facebook page. All you have to do is go to their page and leave a comment with your favorite song of 2011 on the Rise Up Facebook page and you'll be entered to win.

Winners will be announced on Friday by Rise Up.


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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Win Decemberists or Death Cab for Cutie Tickets

Pick up this week's Source Weekly and look for a chance to win tickets to these shows.

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM

If you haven't picked up a copy of this week's print edition of the Source, would recommend doing so, because you could win some tickets to the upcoming Decemberists or Death Cab for Cutie shows.

All you have to do is scour the paper for a hidden lyrics to each of these bands. Once you find them, listen to 92/9FM tomorrow morning and call in, giving the lyrics you found in the paper for a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of these shows -- both of which feature incredible opening acts.

I can't tell you where exactly you'll find the lyrics, so you'll have to just read the whole paper, I guess. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Win Tickets to See Opio, Aplus, Knobody and other hip-hoppers

Free tickets to see some great hip-hop.

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 11:03 PM

One of the more interesting indie hip-hop shows we've seen this year, the More Bars in More Places Tour 2, is coming to the Domino Room on Friday night.

On the lineup are several Bay Area hip-hop stalwarts like Opio, Aplus, Knobody, as well as Bend's own Cloaked Characters and other performers.

We've got two pairs of will call tickets for you guys to win. Just go to our Facebook page, make sure you "like" us and then leave a comment on the post referring to this giveaway.



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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Win Tickets to the Lava City Roller Dolls Bout on Saturday

Read this blog to find out how to win tickets to see the Lava City Roller Dolls on Saturday.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Looking for something awesome to do on Saturday night? Of course you're best bet will be to check out Our Picks for this weekend, but may we also suggest the always entertaining Lava City Roller Dolls bout?

Lava City's Smokin' Ashes take on the Sick Town Derby Dames from Corvallis on Saturday night at Cascade Indoor Sports Center at 6pm. If you haven't had the chance to check out either one of our bone-crushingly amazing roller derby troupes we're going to provide you with the opportunity, which is family-friendly.

 

Here's how to win: head over to The Source Weekly's Facebook page and like us if you haven't already. Then, post up your reason why we should give you FOUR tickets to see the Lava City Roller Dolls and we'll pick the best response today at 5pm. Best of luck, derby fans!

 

 

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